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The Prime Minister has today set out the next steps in the easing of lockdown. See the press conference at Youtube: Prime Minister's Coronavirus press conference (10 May 2021) for details.

Between 4.00pm on Wednesday 12 May and 7.30am on Thursday 13 May, the following systems will be unavailable due to essential maintenance: our online council tax, business rates and housing benefit overpayments service, our welfare assistance form and our test and trace payments form. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Financial help for taxi drivers during Covid-19

A grant called the 'Additional Restrictions Grant Scheme' is available to help hackney carriage and private hire drivers who may have suffered financially as a result of Covid-19.

A one-off payment of £500 is available.

Who can apply

You can apply if:

  • you have a hackney carriage or private hire (or joint) driver licence with the council
  • your licence was active (not suspended, expired or revoked) on 18 September 2020 or you were granted a new licence up to 31 December 2020

If you were licensed on 18 September 2020 but have since had your license revoked, you will not be eligible to apply for this grant.


Apply for a Taxi Driver Additional Restrictions Grant online 

You will be able to complete the online form without creating an account but you will need your:

  • national insurance number
  • date of birth
  • driver licence number
  • bank details

The name on your application must be the same name that is on your taxi licence.


The deadline for applications is Thursday 28 February 2021.

We will begin to process applications from Monday 1 February so please apply as soon as possible.

How the payment will be made

The payment will be made via bank transfer. We aim to make the payment within 10 days of receipt of all required information. This payment is not connected to your licence fee.

Contact us
03000 261 016
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • PO Box 617
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 9HZ
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